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This book was purchased in New Orleans and it is a rare book and part of a series. The title is Miss Minerva's Cook Book, and the author is Sampson, Emma Speed. The book has
280 pp. including Illustrations by Helen Lorraine. (8vo) pictorially stamped red cloth with matching paper dust jacket.

It is a First Edition of Southern recipes written in African-American dialect, published to capitalize on the success of the popular Miss Minerva series of novels written by Emma Speed Sampson.

"Fried chicken air sumpin' it air hard ter larn a new cook ter do. It air easier ter fry greasy than not an' the cook what dishes up greasy fried chicken oughter go out an' wuck in the fiel' whar she b'longs."

The book is in excellent condition with a minor wear to the dust jacket which is now Mylar protected. The pages are crisp and white and the images are very well preserved. An incredible document of Black Americana.

Miss MInerva's Cook Book - Black Americana 1st edition


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: Book, paper
  • Ships worldwide from Vermont, United States
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